No-frills porches, glamorous rooftops and patios: The 10 best outdoor bars in Pittsburgh

It’s going to stop raining soon. We promise.

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It’s rained a lot in Pittsburgh recently, but sunnier days are ahead.

“[It] actually looks like a good weekend,” National Weather Service meteorologist Pat Herald told The Incline. There’s a slight chance of rain Friday evening, then Saturday “looks nice,” he said. “Not until late Sunday will we see the next chance of rain come in.”

Cue confetti.

When the sun finally shows its face, here’s where to celebrate with a drink. These are our top 10 picks for outdoor drinking, with preference based on drink options, views and vibe.

Arsenal
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Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar

Where: Lawrenceville
Why to go: Hard ciders, Civil War history and a patio hidden away from Penn Avenue traffic
Pro tip: The growlers are called “Daily Rations” as a nod to the early days of the Federal Allegheny Arsenal when troops were given a daily whiskey allotment.

Biergarten
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Biergarten

Where: Downtown
Why to go: Go for the solid beer list, stay for the jumbo Jenga and giant Connect Four. Atop Hotel Monaco, this rooftop bar focuses on European beers and German-inspired bites (order the giant pretzel).
Pro tip: When it’s really busy with a wait to get to the rooftop, stop by The Commoner (located on the building’s basement level) for a drink to pass the time.

Double Wide Grill
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Double Wide Grill

Where: South Side
Why to go: The giant patio along Carson Street is ideal for a side of people watching with your BBQ and beer.
Pro tip: You can see the bar’s TV from the patio, ensuring that you won’t miss any Pirates action.

Grist House
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Grist House

Where: Millvale
Why to go: The large outdoor beer garden at Grist House is packed on the weekends with beer drinkers and their furry friends (it’s a dog-friendly establishment) because the chill atmosphere and the craft brews are that good.
Pro tip: Check the food truck schedule before you go.

Harris Grill
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Harris Grill

Where: Shadyside
Why to go: When it comes to Pittsburgh outdoor drinking spots, Harris Grill is the long-time classic. The bar’s frozen cocktails are the perfect blend of cool-me-down, pick-me-up for a hot day.
Pro tip: Tuesday is Bacon Night, and that means $1 baskets of bacon or free bacon at the bar.

Il Tetto
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Il Tetto

Where: Downtown
Why to go: This rooftop bar boasts some of the city’s best skyline views — all with a transparent retractable roof in case of (inevitable) rain. The cocktail list includes all the classics (negronis and Moscow mules), along with Il Tetto originals like the Penn Avenue Paloma.
Pro tip: The bar transforms into a beach party on Sundays with tropical drinks and festive glassware.

Harp and Fiddle
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Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle Irish Pub

Where: Strip District
Why to go: An evening on the back deck at Harp & Fiddle is like hanging out on a friend’s porch toasting with Guinness. Weekly acoustic performances called Guitars Under the Stars are held under the back patio’s twinkly lights.
Pro tip: You can check the live music schedule before your visit here.

New Am
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New Amsterdam

Where: Lawrenceville
Why to go: After a recent remodel, it’s a new New Amsterdam. An acoustic music series this summer adds to the atmosphere.
Pro tip: Check out the beautiful mural. Discussing his work, artist Dan Kitchener told Nak You Out, “I think people can relate to a rainy city at night.” Yup, definitely.

Redfin Blues
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Redfin Blues

Where: Troy Hill (Washington’s Landing)
Why to go: With its riverside patio, an afternoon at Redfin Blues offers a chance to watch boats glide along the Allegheny while you sit shoreside. Beat the dinner rush and head to Redfin for a bit to eat and a mid-afternoon cocktail.
Pro tip: You’re probably going to want to buy a boat after this experience, just a fair warning for your bank account.

Round Corner
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Round Corner Cantina

Where: Lawrenceville
Why to go: With fresh margaritas and other summery drinks to sip, an afternoon at Round Corner feels likes an afternoon at the beach (minus the ocean).
Pro tip: Make it a private party and reserve a cabana fit for a dozen friends.

For even more outdoor bars, Made in Pgh lists 58 of them.